First Flight Week Frequently Asked Questions 

  • When does First Flight begin?

    First Flight 2023 begins Sunday, August 13, 2023 and goes through Sunday, August 20, 2023. Students will be in required scheduled sessions Monday, August 14, 2023 through Wednesday, August 16, 2023. Students will have flexibility throughout the week to build their own schedule to meet their First Flight Expectations and explore their interests. Please refer to the First Flight 2023 Schedule at a Glance for more details.

    First Flight 2023 Schedule at a Glance

  • Is First Flight mandatory?

    Yes, First Flight is a required program for all new freshmen as it is an integral part to your transition to the University. First Flight is UNT's official welcome week program.  Attendance will be taken at all First Flight events throughout the week. 

  • How will participation and attendance be tracked?

    First Flight Leaders will take attendance for the students in their group at all of their required scheduled sessions (Small Group Meetings, Our Community, and Convocation). 

    For Special Interest Sessions, College Day, and First Flight Programs students will check in to each program during the scheduled time.

    For online programs, students should complete all of the activities (knowledge check quiz , reflection, etc.) in the module and their attendance will be automatically recorded in the Canvas gradebook. 

    If you will be absent or miss a program, that is okay. First Flight is unlike New Student Orientation in that you get to make your own schedule for the week. There are things we are asking you to do, but for the most part you can choose when you complete them. Please visit with your First Flight Leader or RA if you have questions about your attendance.

  • What if I need an exemption?

    We understand that some students may have conflicts during First Flight and may wish to be excused from some or all programming. On occasion, Orientation and Transition Programs may grant exemptions to students who demonstrate conflicts that are deemed sufficient to warrant an exemption. You will receive a response from an Orientation and Transition Programs staff member before First Flight Week begins on if your exemption was approved.

    Examples of potentially warranted exemptions include, but are not limited to, medical need, dependent child care, severe illness, unexpected family emergencies, or active military duty.

    First Flight 2023 Exemption Request Form

  • Is there a make-up policy?

    Students who do not meet their First Flight Program expectations will be enrolled in an online make-up module after classes start so they can get important information about UNT policies, resources, and academic deadlines. 

  • When do I move in?

    Please visit for complete details on the residence hall move-in process.

  • Will meals be provided?

    Students living on-campus can start using their meal-plan during First Flight Week. Visit for more information about meal plans. Commuter students can request a meal ticket each day they are in required sessions from their First Flight Leader.